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Target Car Seat Trade-In: 2021 Best Deals + Details

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It’s baaaaack! Just in time for Spring Autumn cleaning, the second Target car seat trade-in 2021 is about to begin. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about the Target car seat trade in September 2021, including event details and the best deals (scroll down for those).

There are thee reasons why I love the Target car seat trade-in.

  • Expired and crashed car seats get out of family’s cars and garages (without being passed on to other families who don’t realize the dangers)
  • The plastics are recycled instead of winding up in a landfill
  • Families can get a fantastic, new, safe car seat at a fraction of the price

If the 2021 Target Car Seat Trade-In doesn’t have what you need, check out current best car seat deals!

What is the Target Car Seat Trade-In event?

Every year, Target provides families the opportunity to offload their old car seats in exchange for a discount on a new one. They’ll take pretty much anything – dirty seats, expired bases, booster seats that were in an accident. You name it, they’ll take it as a trade in.

When you bring your car seat to the store and deposit it in the box in front, you get to scan a shiny new 20% off coupon into your Target Circle app. For the September 2021 Target car seat trade-in event, they will likely allow two trade-ins per account. That was the case for the April 2021 Target car seat trade-in and they haven’t publicly indicated that this one will be any different. You can use your coupon either in store or online and most major baby gear is eligible.

Even better, the Trade-in is timed to coincide with the major Target baby gear sale! That 20% off coupon goes even further when you use it to buy a great car seat that’s already on sale.

Want to save even more money? Open a Target Red Card to get an additional 5% off of everything you buy at Target. It’s free, and if you’re like most parents it’ll save you a ton of money. Another handy benefit for car seat buyers is that you’ll get an extra 30 days for returns – that’ll help you figure out if it’s the right car seat for your family’s needs. Find out more here.

To be sure you’re getting the best deal, make sure you double check Amazon’s sale prices and Albee Baby (which offers monthly coupons for 20% off most brands). They usually match Target’s discounts, so if you don’t have an old car seat to trade in it might end up cheaper.

When is the Target Car Seat Trade-In 2021 event?

The Target Car Seat trade-in for 2021 starts Sunday, September 12 and ends Saturday, September 25.

You can use your Target 20% off coupon either in-store or online for several more weeks, so even if you aren’t sure what replacement car seat you want to buy right away that’s ok!

That said, you’ll get the best deal if you buy during the concurrent sale. During past trade-in events some of the hottest deals have gone out of stock within a few days, so it’s worth shopping early in the sale if you can.

What are the best car seats at Target that you can buy with your coupon?

While the simplest option is to walk into your local Target store and choose from the selection on the shelf, I’ll let you in on a little secret… Target.com has a much larger selection of nice car seats than many store locations. You’ll find all brands and colors online!

Choosing a car seat is like choosing a pair of jeans: everyone needs something different. You’ll want to be sure you’re getting a car seat that fits your child, fits your car, fits your budget and that you can use correctly every time.

On the budget front, the good news is that there’s also a massive Target car seat sale running during the trade-in! If you choose a seat that’s on sale and stack your coupon on top, you’ll be able to get a much nicer car seat than if you walked in the store on a random Saturday in September. Compared to the prices during the April 2021 car seat trade-in, many car seats are actually a little cheaper.

It’s also worth cross-checking prices on Amazon, Walmart, Albee Baby and BuyBuyBaby (don’t forget to sign up for an account to save 20% on some items) as they often try to match Target’s sale prices.

Check out this list for some of the best car seats at Target to buy with your car seat trade in coupon (prices listed are after coupon):

Target infant car seat top picks

Chicco Keyfit 35 Zip ClearTex – regular price $280, on sale for $202
Includes easy-to-remove chemical-free cover
Chicco Keyfit 35 – regular price $250, on sale for $180
Chicco Keyfit 30 – regular price $200, on sale for $144
Graco SnugRide SnugFit 35 DLX with Safety Surround – regular price $200, on sale for $128
Britax B-Safe Gen2 – regular price $200, on sale for $144
Evenflo Gold SecureMax – regular price $220, on sale for $176

Target travel system top picks

🔥 Chicco Corso LE modular travel system – regular price $580, on sale for $396
Includes Chicco KeyFit 35 infant car seat
Chicco Corso modular travel system – regular price $500, on sale for $360
Includes Chicco KeyFit 30 Zip infant car seat
Chicco Bravo travel system – regular price $400, on sale for $243
Evenflo Pivot Modular travel system – regular price $290, on sale for $232
Includes Evenflo SafeMax infant car seat, an excellent seat but not for compact cars
Evenflo Pivot Xpand Modular travel system – regular price $420, on sale for $302
Not for compact cars, but grows to accommodate two kids
Graco Modes Nest travel system – regular price $400, on sale for $320
Graco Modes Pramette travel system – regular price $300, on sale for $240

Target convertible car seat/all-in-one top picks

Kids should stay rear-facing until at least 2 years old, and ideally to the limits of their convertible car seat. All of the car seats below are great for extended rear facing until at least 4 years old and will last most kids until 6 years (or beyond) forward facing:

🔥 Britax One4Life All-in-One – regular price $365, on sale for $262
🔥 Britax Marathon – regular price $300, on sale for $192
Chicco Nextfit Zip – regular price $300, on sale for $216
Chicco Fit4 All-in-One – regular price $350, on sale for $260
Graco 4Ever DLX – regular price $310, on sale for $198
Don’t buy this if you plan for forward face before 40 pounds, as it takes up too much space for most cars
🔥 Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1 – regular price $230, on sale for $147
🔥 Graco SlimFit3 LX – regular price $264, on sale for $169
One of the best car seats for 3-across in 2021
Graco SlimFit 3-in-1 – regular price $180, on sale for $128
Graco TriRide 3-in-1 – regular price $170, on sale for $109
Cybex Sirona S – regular price $500, on sale for $400
Evenflo Gold Revolve360 – regular price $380, on sale for $304
Evenflo EveryStage Gold 3-in-1 – regular price $300, on sale for $240

Target harnessed booster car seat top picks

A harness booster seat, or combination seat, is a toddler car seat for kids ~3 and up. It starts as a forward-facing harnessed car seat and then turns into a booster seat. Some become highback booster seats, and others later become backless booster seats as well.

Chicco MyFit Zip Air – regular price $300, on sale for $216
Longest-lasting harnessed car seat
Chicco MyFit – regular price $200, on sale for $144
🔥 Britax Grow With You ClickTight – regular price $300, on sale for $192
Graco Nautilus with Safety Surround – regular price $172, on sale for $122
Graco Nautilus – regular price $160, on sale for $102
Evenflo Maestro Sport – regular price $90, on sale for $64

Target booster seat top picks

Booster seats are appropriate for kids who meet the minimum height and weight requirements and are mature enough sit correctly all the time. For most kids that at least 5 years old, but some kids aren’t ready for a booster seat until 6 or even 7 years old. Don’t rush this step!

Chicco KidFit – regular price $100, on sale for $72
Chicco KidFit Adapt Plus – regular price $120, on sale for $86
Diono Monterey 4DXT – regular price $200, on sale for $160
Requires a headrest behind the booster
Britax Highpoint CoolFlow – regular price $180, on sale for $122
Graco TurboBooster LX with Safety Surround – regular price $75, on sale for $48

Target deals on travel car seats

Are you looking for a car seat specifically for travel? Here are some of my favorites that are on sale at Target during the trade-in event:

Safety 1st Jive – regular price $100, on sale for $64 (ages 6mo-6)
Evenflo Sonus 65 – regular price $100, on sale for $77 (ages birth-6)
Graco Contender 65 – regular price $135, on sale for $96 (ages birth-6)
Evenflo Maestro Sport – regular price $90, on sale for $64 (ages 3-9)
Cosco Finale DX – regular price $60, on sale for $48 (ages 3-6)

Want the visual highlights? See the best deals of the Target car seat trade-in 2021.

Need help choosing a travel car seat? Read about all your options to find the right one for your family!

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Target car seat trade-in 2021 FAQs

Is Target doing car seat trade in 2021? What are the Target car seat trade-in 2021 dates?

Yes! The second 2021 Target car seat trade in will run from September 12th to September 25th.

How many car seats can I turn in at the Target car seat trade in 2021?

This year Target is allowing each Target Circle App member to trade in two car seats.

Can you use Target carseat trade in coupon online?

Absolutely. In fact, Target encourages customers to use their coupons online so that the stores won’t be too crowded and to help manage inventory. Their car seat selection is also much better online – scroll up to see my top car seats at Target. The best way to use your car seat trade-in event 2021 coupon is online.

What do you do with an expired 2021 car seat?

The best option is to trade in your car seat at Target to score a discount on a new one. If the Target car seat exchange not possible for your family, you need to make sure someone doesn’t find your expired car seat on the curb and pick it up to use – or sell. Yes, this stuff happens.

Unfortunately, you basically have to destroy an expired car seat if you aren’t bringing it to a recycling program. Cut the harness and take a sledge hammer to the plastic shell. If you happen to replace your old car seat with the same model (which we did after our infant car seat was in an accident), you may be able to keep the fabric seat cover to re-use; contact your manufacturer to see if they’ll approve it.

Some states also offer car seat recycling programs, which you can read about here.

Does Walmart do car seat trade ins?

There were Walmart car seat recycling events in late 2019 and early 2020. The Walmart car seat trade in programs were so popular that they had to be shut off early, and disposal of car seats has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic and new regulations from China. It’s not clear if Walmart will continue the program but as of this writing they haven’t announced another round. Walmart’s car seat trade in program also wasn’t as generous as Target’s, so I would stick with the Target program unless something major changes.

Is there an Amazon car seat trade-in 2021?

Unfortunately there’s no Amazon car seat trade-in 2021. I doubt there ever will be, to be completely honest.

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12 thoughts on “Target Car Seat Trade-In: 2021 Best Deals + Details”

  1. I missed the event at Target 🎯 for the expired car seat in September 2020. Actually we just got it from a online yard sale. So my question is…
    Does Target still take expired car seats year round or just on the event?
    Thank you inadvance

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    • Hi Lorraine,

      Unfortunately Target does not take used/expired car seats year round. Your options are either to hold on to it until the next trade in (which is usually held in the spring, it was just delayed to fall 2020 because of COVID) or get rid of it now. If you choose to get rid of it now, please cut the harness straps and enjoy taking a sledge hammer to the plastic shell so that another family doesn’t find it and use an expired seat.

      Best of luck!

      Melissa

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    • Hi Anna,

      I’m sorry you missed the spring trade-in! The Target car seat trade in for fall 2020 was essentially a rescheduling of the spring 2020 Target car seat trade in because of public health concerns. We don’t know yet if they’ll do a Target car seat trade in for fall 2021, but if so it will likely be announced a week or two in advance. You can sign up here to join my email list and be the first to know when I have more information!

      Safe travels,
      Melissa

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    • Hi Christina,

      Thanks for stopping by! You can absolutely use it on a backless booster seat, but most people don’t go that direction because the price savings aren’t as substantial. But as the mom of two “big kids” I completely understand. If it’s back in stock during the trade-in I whole-heartedly recommend the Chicco GoFit Plus, which we’ve used happily for many years. We also like the regular Chicco GoFit – it’s the same seat but without lower anchors, so ideally you’d buckle it when it’s not occupied to avoid it becoming a projectile. You could also look at the Diono Solana 2; it’s a nice seat and GREAT for kids at the top end of the growth chart, but the downside is really small cup holders.

      I hope this helps, and happy shopping!

      Melissa

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    • Hi Darla,

      Happy trade-in day! Unfortunately you can’t “stack coupons” for the Target car seat trade-in event in September 2021. You can use one coupon per item.

      Safe travels,
      Melissa

      Reply
  2. Do you know if the target 20% off coupon will work on the Graco 4ever DLX model? I’ve noticed discounts for this particular model doesn’t work on other sites (including graco).

    Reply
    • Hi Heather,

      Thanks for stopping by! The Graco 4Ever DLX is a great price right now if you have a trade in – right around $200. Target doesn’t have any exclusions for this promotion, which is pretty amazing. Let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with.

      Safe travels,
      Melissa

      Reply

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